Male Uprising In Guernsey (MUG) was originally established in February 2012 as a Charitable Trust. In January 2013 MUG became the first Guernsey Foundation to be registered and its aims continue to increase awareness of male cancers and to help those who are affected by prostate, bowel and testicular cancer.
MUG was the idea of Trevor Kelham who was motivated by the personal loss of too many family members and friends too early in their lives to male cancer. Trevor took inspiration from the phenomenal success of Pink Ladies in the Bailiwick.
Patron Roger Allsopp has vast experience in the medical world. His passion in raising the profile of cancer awareness and his personal swimming achievements to aid HOPE for Guernsey are an encouragement to us all.
Honorary Patron is Ian Brown, owner of Ian Brown's Cycles.
Other Council Members are Tony Tostevin, Director of TPA, Dan Collins, Head of Private Client and Trust at EY, Owen Cole, Consultant Urologist to The Medical Specialist Group, Ray Redelinghuys, a company director and lawyer, Michael Richards, a Senior Associate with Ogier and Chris Walker.
The Committee includes members of Guernsey Police, HSSD, Pink Ladies, Orchidians and many others who share the goal of raising awareness of male cancers and urging men to get tested and treated earlier.
MUG's Guardian is Gavin Ferguson, Managing Partner with Ogier.
In order to help Guernsey males worried or afflicted by prostate, bowel and testicular cancer, MUG's aim was to raise the sum of £250,000 over the first three years. This was an ambitious goal but the island has always shown tremendous determination to help those in need and we have now managed to raise £1,000,000 in 4 and a half years! The education and awareness campaign is centered on proactivity and to motivate men, whatever their age, to be more assertive, responsive and questioning of their symptoms or concerns. They should seek medical advice at the earliest possible juncture instead of procrastinating - which can have deadly consequences.
37,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. Prostate cancer was our primary focus for 2012 with bowel and testicular following in 2013 and 2014 respectively. We are proud to be working with Robin Penna and the Orchidians who already do a fantastic job for those suffering from prostate cancer. We at MUG want to do even more!